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Striving for equity

Posted: Friday, Feb 8th, 2013

Lucinda Hughes

“We started our Florence PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chapter to raise the consciousness of our community,” said Lucinda Hughes, one of the group’s founders.

A national non-profit organization started in 1972, PFLAG boasts more than 350 chapters across 50 states.

The local chapter formed in October 2011 with guidance from the Newport-based Oregon Central Coast (OCC) PFLAG. According to OCC literature, it started more than four years ago after the suicide of a local gay teen.

“There wasn’t any support for him or for his mother,” said Hughes. “The idea of their PFLAG is community outreach so that never happens again. Our goal is that a child here never takes his or her own life.”

Chapter members support each other and inform the greater community about gender identity and sexual orientation. Issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals are discussed in public forums and presentations about such topics as legislation, perceptions in the medical community, faith-based organizations and other subjects. PFLAG also holds social get-togethers that are open to the public.

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